Dance bar ban: Doing a feminist legal ethnography

Dalwai, Sameena (2016) Dance bar ban: Doing a feminist legal ethnography. Socio-Legal Review, 12 (1). pp. 1-25. ISSN 009735216

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This paper explores the methodologicaljourney of undertaking a stud) of the legal ban on bar dancing in Mumbai and Maharashtra. A Legal Ethnography a/loiws an nnderstanding of the multiple layers involved in the creation of the dance bar ban and afminist perspective ocuses on those most affected bj the law i.e. the bar dancers. Throngh interviews, group discussions and field observations, the study tries to comprehend the women who work in the dance bars and the world they weave for their customers. Yet the study moves beyond the bargirls towards the political actors to ask the question, whj the ban? and dwells on not only the legislative process of passing legislation to ban dancing but also the politics of banning erotic labor in Mumbai.This study coins new terms such as 'Caste Capital' to donate the cultural practices, knowledge and behavior that allows some communities to excel in some modern occupations such as the women from traditional dancing communities within the dance bar industry and 'Caste Governance' to explain the actions of the government in curtailing the new found power, status and money of the bargirls.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Dance | Bar dance | Mumbai | Supreme court | Feminist
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Law and Legal Studies
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Amees Mohammad
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2022 05:18
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2022 05:18


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